HC Deb 11 May 1976 vol 911 cc205-6
3. Mr. George Rodgers

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if plans are in hand to extend civilian production at Royal ordnance factories.

The Minister of State for Defence (Mr. William Rodgers)

The Royal ordnance factories at present have a growing volume of work. There is no surplus capacity. However, I shall be glad to consider any specific proposals my hon. Friend has in mind.

Mr. George Rodgers

Does the Minister agree that there is considerable anxiety among workers at Royal ordnance factories at the Government's proposals to cut the tail rather than the teeth in this area of public spending? Would it not be ridiculous to waste the skills and abilities of such workers when they could be engaged on useful civilian production?

Mr. William Rodgers

I certainly agree with the second part of the question. I am sorry if there is any anxiety, because the Royal ordnance factories employ more men and women today than they did two years ago. That applies also to the factory in my hon. Friend's constituency.

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